Meet our trustees

Our trustees are the people who share ultimate responsibility for governing Back Up and directing how it is managed and run. Back Up aims to have at least 50% representation on the board from people with a spinal cord injury.

Jo Wright *

Jo Wright *

Chair of Trustees

Jo Wright *

Chair of Trustees

Jo’s professional career has focused on the potential for IT to help large and complex organisations do things differently, resulting in better practices. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, in the UK and abroad. Jo lives in Hampshire with her husband, three children and an array of animals. She had her spinal cord injury in 2011 and since then she has benefited enormously from the support of Back Up. Jo is delighted to have a more formal role with them having become a Trustee in 2016.

David Fraser *

Trustee

David joined the trustee board in 2004  and has been a member of the City Dinner committee since it’s inception.The committee has raised over £1M to date.  David has personally experienced the transformational nature of Back Up’s work having  been one of our service users in the past. He is especially proud of the way Back Up has grown and diversified in recent years, providing services that are very much based on people’s needs. David lives in Surrey and has a background of working in marketing communications.

Dr Clair Turnbull *

Trustee

Clair joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and was Chair from 2010-2013. Clair was involved in setting up Back Up’s mentoring programme and continues to provide training and supervision to spinally injured and family mentors. As a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the NHS, Clair studied psychological coping and recovery after spinal cord injury. Her speciality is adult mental health and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clair was spinally injured herself in 1999 in a car accident and found Back Up a vital support in her recovery. She lives in Crystal Palace with her husband, Damian and young daughter Isla. Clair also appeared in Back Up’s BBC Lifeline Appeal in 2015 presented by award-winning actor, Oliva Colman.

Martine Petetin

Trustee

In addition to Back Up, Martine is a trustee of Luna Children Charity and of Gingerbread. This follows a career as corporate lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in large global companies. Martine has a Masters Degree in Business Law and a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration from Universite de Bourgogne, and an MA in International Business Law; as recipient of the Hoover scholarship, she attended the MBA programme of The American University, Washington DC.  She has two adult children, experience of dealing with people from various cultural and social backgrounds and a commitment to using her professional skills in a variety of ways within the charitable sector.

Anne Luttman-Johnson*

Trustee

Anne joined the board of Back Up in 2016.  In 1984 she sustained a spinal cord injury in a car accident. Her first experience of Back up was in 1991 when she went on a skiing course. She later became a volunteer mentor. She qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and worked for Irwin Mitchell LLP as a Client Support Manager in their personal injury department for over ten years.  Prior to that she worked as an independent expert witness advising courts on the cost of disability. She is now happy to be able to focus more of her time on her work with Back Up, helping to grow and develop the charity in her role as a trustee.  In her spare time Anne enjoys cooking, entertaining, sailing, acting, singing, theatre, art and talking!

Helen Cooke*

Helen Cooke*

Trustee

Helen Cooke*

Trustee

Helen first became involved in Back Up in 1993 when she went on her first ski trip which introduced her to a sport that she still considers to be one of her greatest passions. In 2007, Helen used her expertise in disability and employment to design and deliver the first Back Up to Work course and is incredibly proud that this course has continued to grow and develop.

Having been spinally injured since a baby as a result of a spinal tumour Helen is delighted to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board of Trustees which she joined in 2016.

Ben Sneesby *

Trustee

Ben became the youngest ever board member of Back Up in 2016. Ben has been involved with Back Up for many years, participating in a wide variety of courses, giving him first-hand awareness of the profoundly positive impact that Back Up has on people’s lives.  In 2014 Ben represented Great Britain at the Sochi Winter Paralympic Games, achieving 11th position in the Men’s Slalom Sitting event.  Currently, Ben is reading Law at the University of Leeds, he continues to train with and represent Great Britain across a range of skiing disciplines.

Mona Dhanjal

Mona Dhanjal

Trustee

Mona Dhanjal

Trustee

Mona is a Management Consultant by profession and has delivered a large number of digital transformation projects for various Global clients. Mona’s insight into spinal cord injury comes from her brother’s experience. Her voluntary experience in the Ismaili Community for the past 20 years has provided her with some background in how she can fulfil her duties as a Trustee; she is keen to support Back Up using her experience as a family member impacted by spinal cord injury. She lives in Hainault, has a very active toddler, and a football fanatic husband (Tottenham!).

Paul Davidson*

Trustee

Dr Paul Davidson was raised in Ayrshire and trained in Aberdeen and has spent his career working in General Practice and Acute Hospitals across the North of Scotland. He has a particular interest in pre-hospital care, volunteering for many years with BASICs Scotland and in medical management where he is employed as an Associate Medical Director for NHS Highland. Paul lives on the Black Isle, north of Inverness with his wife, 3 children and 2 mad dogs. Since receiving excellent support from Back Up following a complete T10 spinal cord injury in August 2018, Paul has been looking to become involved with furthering the aims of the charity and helping others affected by spinal cord injury to get the most out of life.

Tom Roberts

Tom Roberts

Trustee

Tom Roberts

Trustee

Tom joined the board in 2019, and is keen to use his experience of developing policy and strategy as a civil servant at HM Treasury to help Back Up achieve its objectives. Tom has experience of spinal cord injury and the practical impact that Back Up makes through his younger brother, who was injured in 2013 and benefited greatly from Back Up’s support.. He lives in London, and in his spare time he is a keen walker and skier.

Rebecca Stevenson

Trustee

Becca first got involved with Back Up in 2011 on a Snowdon Push, later followed by a course at Exmoor, and the 30th Anniversary London to Paris Cycle Ride, finally joining the Board of Trustees, in 2017. Becca brings her commercial experience including a long history of working with change in large organisations especially in the field of diversity and inclusion, building long term strategy through effective collaboration. Living in Wiltshire, with her husband and daughter, they are both passionate foodies, and can often been found discovering new restaurants or creating delicious concoctions at home.

Richard Smith

Trustee

Richard has been a trustee for Back Up since 2004 and has been the charity’s Treasurer since he joined the board.  He brings financial, senior management and business expertise from his career in retail banking. Richard first got involved with Back Up in 1992 when he was a buddy during a Calvert Trust Week.  Having got the Back Up ‘bug’ he then organised the annual Snowdon Push for many years. Richard lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children and a daft retriever!


* spinal cord injured
** immediate family member has a spinal cord injury